Only at Best Buy Sharp LC-50LB481U LED Roku TV: Get a TV that enjoys full Internet connectivity with this Sharp 49.5-inch smart TV. Full HD resolutions give you plenty of detail whether you're streaming content from the Internet using the integrated Roku player or watching via cable. Plenty of contrast and high-quality sound mean this Sharp 49.5-in smart TV delivers outstanding video.
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Excellent TV, amazing picture, superb sound
Posted by: snapieee from: on
I was lucky and got this TV on pre-Black Friday deal and price was really good. I had 40" Samsung LED TV that went dead a couple of days before Black Friday -, right on time, lol. I was forced to get a TV and I was looking at the cheapest one possible without sacrificing the quality. I found this deal and I couldn't wait so I ordered the night before Black Friday, and picked up the next day on Black Friday day. The pickup process was a breeze, took me 10-15 min total. The pickup time mostly was waiting for the rep to check the storage for my TV.
The old TV I had, as I mentioned before, was Samsung 40” LED TV Model UN40EH5300. I got it back on Black Friday 2013. It was okay at that time, pic was acceptable as I always thought every pic, regardless the Input I had on, was grainy until I did HD calibration using AVS-HD-709. Looking at the dates the Samsung TV lasted almost 3 years.
This Sharp 50” LED FHD TV Model: LC-50LB481U I got is the best entry level 1080 FHD TV I have ever seen. Picture is AMAZING out of the box in all inputs, HDMI, antenna, or even the build-in Roku apps. Sound from the built-in speakers and with default settings is superb, no need to any tweaking or adjustment. Using the TV speakers alone is more than enough, but I mounted the Vizio soundbar that I already have at the top of the TV using universal mounting brackets. The sound now is, I really cannot describe the awesomeness that are coming out. I connected my soundbar to TV via HDMI-1 (ARC). I had troubles setting up Audio via HDMI-ARC, since the TV set DID NOT come with any standard TV instructions manual, just a quick startup guide. I did most of the configurations after searching online.
Digital audio using the HDMI 1/ARC jack:
Your TV can send sound to an ARC device, like an AV receiver, to create a home theater that uses two or more speakers. When you connect external speakers or a sound bar, sound plays through your TV speakers and the external speakers or sound bar.
1- Make sure that your TV’s power cord is unplugged and the digital speaker system or sound bar is turned off.
2- Connect an HDMI cable (not provided) to the HDMI 1/ARC jack on the back of your TV and to the HDMI IN jack on the digital speaker system or sound bar.
3- Plug your TV’s power cord into a power outlet, then turn on your TV.
4- Turn on the digital speaker system or sound bar, then set it to the correct source. For more information, see the documentation that came with the digital speaker system or sound bar.
5- To turn off your TV speakers, on the Home menu, scroll up / down to highlight Settings, then press OK. Highlight Audio, then press OK. Highlight TV speakers, then press OK. Press OK to remove the check from the TV speakers enabled check box.
6- To configure the HDMI 1/ARC jack to output sound to an ARC device, on the Home menu, press or to highlight Settings, then press OK. Highlight System, then press OK. Highlight Control other devices (CEC), then press OK. Highlight HDMI ARC, then press OK to check the box.
Navigation through the Roku interface is fine. What I found later is that you can select the default interface you would like to use when TV is powered on, whether it is the Home screen of Antenna or any of the other inputs. Basically, power on settings tell your TV what to do when you turn on the power. To configure the power on settings, from the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > System > Power > Power on. Highlight the power on location from the list, and then press OK to select it.
To be able to stream with ease without any interruption or buffering issues, you must have a good router, such as the Asus RT-AC68U. One of the thing I did not like is the lake of the Ethernet port. The other thing I didn’t like, is the remote. It is very tiny small remote that can be lost if misplaced somewhere. I DO miss the traditional remote with the numerical buttons for channels. I hope that Sharp / Roku will release such a remote on the market with a reasonable price and I’ll go for it.
I am not sure if I am allowing to post external urls here, if so, this is the direct link for the FULL manual at SharpUSA site: https://www.sharptvusa.com/sites/default/files/2016-08/Sharp%20LC-32-43-50LB481U_15-0984_WEB_V1_ENG_Final_lr_1.pdf
151 out of 175 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TryAir2day from: on
Overall the tv is great. Have had it for about a month now and the picture is better then my older flat screens. The positives are, it's easy to set up if you're familiar with the Roku interface, and the picture is pretty good for a 1080 HDTV. The negatives would be when you first turn on the tv after being off awhile, it takes about 30 sec to 1 minute to boot up. The other would be the lack of inputs and the way you have to connect the inputs. If you have more than 3 devices that require hdmi or more than 1 device that requires rca you will need to buy a hdmi switcher or rca switcher. The input port placement also requires you to input your connections vertically into the tv which can be a little awkward. Also if you have never used roku the interface will take some getting use too. If you are just buying it to watch TV then you can set it up to boot up thst input instead of switching to the input you want. Even with the negatives I would still by this tv again.
57 out of 73 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TimC from: RI on
Got this as a replacement TV for one I let my daughter take to college, and got a lot more than I bargained for. First, the picture on this is pristine (no it's not 4K-but you're going to be hard-pressed to find any 4k stuff right now anyways), and looks fantastic, wish I had upgraded the old TV much sooner. Add in the price, which is quite competitive for a normal Smart TV of it's size class, never mind adding in the 70-120 a Roku stick/player would be extra) With the Roku part, it holds your hand through the entire setup process, and then sets you on your way with whatever initial channels you chose. You can always add more at any time, the vast majority of them are free streaming channels, with commercials. The big surprise and highlight I found was getting 2 months of HBO Now free with the purchase of a Roku device! Overall a fantastic value, fantastic picture, and have not encountered any issues at all with it.
57 out of 73 found this review helpful.
Great price, quality product
Posted by: Vick from: on
The TV looks bigger than 50 but probably because it's an upgrade from my last TV. Great quality for the price and the built in wifi is perfect for streaming Netflix, Pandora, etc.
36 out of 46 found this review helpful.
Posted by: OogyBoogy from: on
Loved Roku on this set, but the screen had 2 black shadow spots. Took it back to Best Buy to exchange it for the same model and they offered to open a 2nd box to check it before taking it. They brought another Sharp up and opened it and that one had a dark spot on the picture, too!! Decided to go with to a different brand. Super disappointed, the Roku really sold me!
27 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Great TV for a good price
Posted by: Vick from: on
This Tv is has great picture quality and a nice size. The featured apps in the tv are a plus and it has an easy set-up. Love the TV and got it at a low price.
56 out of 76 found this review helpful.
Great Functionality for Price!
Posted by: 23Bookie23 from: on
This TV does not compare to higher end models, but is quite amazing for the price! I am not picky when it comes to picture or sound quality. I need the picture and sound not to be a distraction, but I don't need everything to be flawless. I already had a good 32" Roku TV (TCL) and wanted something a little bigger for the big room. I did not want to spend a great deal of money on something that my family already was getting by with. So read this review with that in mind.
Picture: Yes this is 60Hz. Will you notice? If you are extremely picky in this regard, yes you will during certain instances. However, if you are like me, you won't notice all that much. The picture is sharp and the color is good.
Sound: The sound is better than my older sets. It is more than good for normal TV watching. Don't not buy this TV because of the sound as it does have a digital optical out that a soundbar or surround sound can be plugged in if it doesn't meet your needs in this area.
Functionality: The Roku platform is awesome! I don't have to worry about other devices to get whatever I want to watch on my TV. Setup was a breeze. I had a mount on my wall that I hung this on. Sharp included the bolts for the back of the TV which was great! Just made things easier!
Longevity: I don't know yet and will update this review if need be!
Overall, in my mind this is a 5 star TV AT THIS PRICE POINT. Yes, there are better TVs out there. But at what cost?
45 out of 61 found this review helpful.
Purchased in July and now September video not work
Posted by: Unhappy from: on
The tv was working fine and the the picture went black
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Worst TV Ever Purchased
Posted by: Virginia from: on
We have never purchased a TV which was so disappointing and completely unreliable. We purchased this TV in July and it has been nothing but plagued with problems. The television we brought home at first had issues with the remote which kept us from setting it up. We returned that TV and waited two weeks for another one to be ordered. The second TV we picked up and brought home worked well for the first 30 days, after that we had to disconnect the TV directly from the internet because the ROKU would not stream content and we could not get the TV to advance beyond the Start Up screen. We then used our Play Station 4 to stream content which worked for another 2 months. Now the television just turns itself off every few minutes. I almost can't believe that Sharp ( which I believed to be a good brand) would manufacture such an unreliable and useless product. I am ready to discard this item and purchase something different.
21 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Great so far!
Posted by: Shartmaster from: on
Got an amazing deal on the 50" version. I've tried so many Roku TV sets recently (from TCL, Insignia, and Hisense-Sharp) but I think I am finally satisfied with this one, the Sharp set made by Best Buy. No dead pixels, very minimal dirty backlight and dark corner, and great contrast/black levels. It's much better than the 2016 Insignia 1080p set i tried (had whacky gamma and horrible line bleed/dirty screen). Motion looks pretty good too playing PS4/Battlefield 4. Anyway, happy customer here from initial impressions from someone whose had nearly one of every Roku TV set (save for Haier). I used to think TCL was top of the Roku TV sets, but Best Buy's 2016 Sharp set is quite impressive for a whole lot less $. Highly recommended when on sale.